A very merry Tim Burton Christmas to you!

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Nightmare Before The Nutcracker at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Dec. 5 2014. Kirk Chantraine photo.

A risqué twist on The Nutcracker, Nightmare Before the Nutcracker: A Very Burton Xmas Show returns to the Rio Theatre just in time to put some Tim Burton in your Christmas stocking.

Beetlejuice, Jack Skellington and other figures from Burton films mix with characters from The Nutcracker in an original production that mixes elements of theatre, and circus. And it’s an adults-only show, to boot.

Bringing the bounce and the sass are Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society stars Melody Mangler, Viv Clicquot, and Voodoo Pixie. The cast of 25 also includes dancer Ariel Helvetica and actress Lauren Donnelly. Meanwhile, the music of Tchaikovsky and Danny Elfman is performed by an eight-piece band led by vocalist Red Heartbreaker and guitarist/co-producer Blue Morris.

“This is a whole new level of what we do,” said Morris in a press release for the show.

“This show tells a story through several different art forms. And it’s a story that will make people laugh, be scared, turned on, and laugh again.”

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Nightmare Before The Nutcracker at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Dec. 5 2014. Kirk Chantraine photo.

“The characters from the Nutcracker, like the sugar-plum fairies, work so well with Tim Burton characters,” circus performer Chris Murdoch, writer of the show, said in the press release.

“It’s really a perfect match. We also love combining the Christmas themes in the Nutcracker with the Halloween themes in Burton films.”

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Nightmare Before The Nutcracker at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Dec. 5 2014. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker runs at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway at Commercial) Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. For tickets visit riotheatretickets.ca. The show is 19+.

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One Response to A very merry Tim Burton Christmas to you!

  1. paul

    It was a fantastic night, lots of music, and entertainment of all sorts. My whole group enjoyed it thoroughly. We are going to go again one more time.